[Taxacom] GBIF: perpetuating probably defunct unpublished names

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Fri May 21 23:40:46 CDT 2010

Jim: you should be BP's (Bigfoot-Print's) new PR guy! :)

perhaps the tone of my email came across a tad too strong, but I do think that in the rare cases where the likes of GBIF do have content on their pages, it isn't so unreasonable to expect it to have been thoroughly checked out and validated FIRST ...


From: Jim Croft <jim.croft at gmail.com>
To: Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>
Cc: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Sent: Sat, 22 May, 2010 4:29:14 PM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] GBIF: perpetuating probably defunct unpublished names

isn't finding, accounting for and correcting these sorts of things
what the business of nomenclature and taxonomy is all about?  no harm
no foul?

it is probably a bit unreasonable to expect everyone to get everything
right every time, and it is no one person's (provider's)
responsibility - we are all on the same side, and we all try to
address the broken bits we see...

in our collection we work hard to avoid focussing fault.  if there's a
problem, it's everyone's problem, and everyone (which in reality
usually means someone!) gets to fix it... taxonomy is a bit like
that... :)


On Sat, May 22, 2010 at 1:41 PM, Stephen Thorpe
<stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz> wrote:
> this isn't very helpful:
> http://species.wikimedia.org/wiki/Agalba_lawrencei
> http://species.wikimedia.org/wiki/Agalba_storeyi
> at least my Wikispecies pages clearly indicate that they are unpublished names
> they will probably never be published as the types were probably labelled as such before Muona realised that Arisocephalus was a synonym of Agalba, so these species probably already have names
> perhaps GBIF should ask its data providers to verify that the names have been published???
> Stephen
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